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Unemployment rate drops in one midstate area as employers created more jobs

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The unemployment rate in Macon remained steady for April while the rate declined in Warner Robins.

The unemployment rate for the metro Macon area in April was 5.2 percent, unchanged from March, according to a news release Thursday from the Georgia Department of Labor. In April 2016, the rate was 5.5 percent.

The rate declined over the year as employers created more jobs. The number of jobs in Macon increased by 100 to 102,800. Over-the-year, a total of 1,300 jobs were added, a 1.3 percent growth rate, up from 101,500 in April 2016.

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance, a measure of new layoffs, was unchanged at 466 from March to April. Over the year, however, claims were down by 108, or 18.8 percent, from 574 in April 2016.

Between March and April, the labor force, which consists of employed residents and those who are unemployed and actively looking for jobs, declined by 530 to 104,055. There were 433 fewer employed and 97 fewer unemployed residents.

However, compared to April a year ago, the labor force had a net increase of 1,414; the number of employed grew by 1,647, and there were 233 fewer unemployed.

Warner Robins rate decreases in April

The metro Warner Robins’ unemployment rate in April was 4.8 percent, down from 5 percent in March. In April 2016, the rate was 5.2 percent.

The rate declined as more people became employed, the labor force grew and employers created more jobs.

The number of jobs in Warner Robins increased by 600 to 74,200. Over the year, a total of 1,600 jobs were added, a 2.2 percent growth rate, up from 72,600, in April 2016. The federal government added 200 jobs.

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 38, or 15.1 percent, to 290. Over the year, however, claims were down by 11 from 301 in April 2016.

There were 101 more Warner Robins residents employed in April than in March, pushing the total number to 80,021. There were 2,012 more people employed in April 2017 than in April 2016.

The labor force grew by two to 84,091. That total represents an increase of 1,824 over the past 12 months.

Metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 3.9 percent, while the Heart of Georgia and River Valley regions had the highest at 5.9 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for April was 5 percent, down from 5.1 percent in March. It was 5.4 percent in April 2016.

Job seekers and employers are encouraged to use GDOL’s online job listing service employgeorgia.com to search for jobs or recruit new employees. In April, 1,498 new job openings in Macon were posted on Employ Georgia. Throughout the state, 75,183 new job openings were posted.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at dol.georgia.gov, which is the same address to learn more about career opportunities and other services for job seekers and employers.

Linda S. Morris: 478-744-4223, @MidGaBiz

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